Here we are in December. The weather is still on and off. Warm while the sun is out then the temperature drops. Shirt on, shirt off, but the flip flops have been put away for the winter. But I am hearing the cold weather is not far away.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Hanna Tate –Arena, who celebrated her day Dec. 2, Sarah Ribeiro, Dec. 3; Katherine Conover and Kayla Robadel, Dec. 5; James Thornton, Dec. 6; and to Danielle Meyer, who celebrates her day today Dec. 8.

This is the time of year I get a little nostalgic. This year is no different but it was a movie that set it off. Ella Blodgett, who has been in my life since she was little, is now 11 and has dubbed me her Island Grammy. So she comes to my house on Friday nights and we do dinner, sundaes and movies. We usually watch animal movies or some kid movie, whatever the mood sends us. So this week with Christmas coming we looked through the holiday movies. We decided to watch Christmas Story; you know the one with the BB gun and Ralphie you are going to shoot your eye out. If you have not seen it you have to at least watch it once. It is set back in the 50s and almost everything about it takes me back.

Ella was laughing at some things and remarking on others. I smiled as she laughed as the mother put the snowsuit on the son with mittens and scarves and he could not move. I finally had to tell her that it really was very much like the movie was portraying and kids did dress this way. In fact I think one little girl had my hat on! It was fun to go down memory lane, plugging in the old Christmas light bulbs and burning your fingers, and trying not to blow a fuse. Oh well back to reality.

There are a lot of activities this weekend. My family is here to enjoy the festivities, and they have their list already to go. I can’t wait to see all the young kids and listen to their stories of the weekend.

On Monday, Dec. 11, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a new exhibit at the Museum’s Edgartown campus. Merry and Bright features holiday cards from the museum collections and dreidels from a private collection loaned through the Hebrew Center.

Merry and Bright will be on exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery until Dec. 22nd. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception in the galleries until 7 p.m. Admittance is free and open to all.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Federated Church will host their third annual Old Fashioned Carol Sing. Please join them at 45 South Summer street in Edgartown. The program will start at 2 p.m. Minister of music, Peter R. Boak, will take requests of your favorite Christmas songs. For more information call 508-627-4421, email, or check out our website at

Have a great weekend and keep the home candles burning.

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